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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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McDowell, William Fraser 1858- Educator; born in Millersburg, O., Feb. 4, 1858; graduated at the Ohio Wesleyan University in 1879, and at the Theological Department of the Boston University in 1882. He was pastor of Methodist Episcopal churches in Lodi, O., in 1882-83; Oberlin in 1883-85; and Tiffin in 1885-90. In the latter year he was elected chancellor of the University of Denver. He is a member of the Colorado State board of charities and corrections.
McDowell, battle of. General Banks with 5,000 men was at Harrisonburg, in the upper Shenandoah Valley, at the close of April, 1862, and Stonewall Jackson, joined by troops under Generals Ewell and Edward S. Johnson, had a force of about 15,000 men not far off. Jackson was closely watching Banks. when he was startled by news that General Milroy was approaching from Fremont's department, to join Banks or fall upon Staunton. Leaving Ewell to watch the latter, he turned rapidly towards Staunton, and sent Johnson with five brigades to strike Milroy. The latter, outnumbered, fell back to McDowell, 36 miles west of Staunton, whither General Schenck hastened with a part of his brigade, to assist him. Jackson also hurried to the Stonewall Jackson's letter to Ewell. assistance of Johnson, and on May 8 a severe engagement occurred, lasting about five hours, when darkness put an end to it. Schenck (who ranked Milroy), finding the position untenable, withdrew during the night to Frankl